Checkered LINDOR Tart

This designer dessert, made with three types of chocolate, doubles as a conversation starter.

“Christmas at home in Switzerland is cozy and special. Being in the mountains reminds me of my childhood. When I was a child, I was always very excited about Christmas dinner. My mother would decorate the table with Lindt chocolates and I’d often try to steal them before dinner. Chocolate has always been a big part of my Christmas. I really enjoy spending time with family, given my busy work and travel schedule. I love to see the sparkle in my children’s eyes when we light up the tree and then go and play outdoors when it starts to snow.”

Lindt Global Brand Ambassador

Chocolatier Tip: If ganache becomes too cool, it will be difficult to work with. Warm it gently over low heat to ensure a smooth final texture.

40 minutes
12 people


  • 1 3/4 cups (425 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) cold unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) 35% whipping cream
  • Ingredients PASTRY 1¾ cups (425mL) all-purpose flour ⅓ cup (75mL) sugar Pinch of salt ¾ cup (175mL) cold unsalted butter 1 egg DARK CHOCOLATE GANACHE FILLING ½ cup (125mL) 35% whipping cream 2 bars (200g
  • 2 bars (200 g) 70% Lindt EXCELLENCE dark chocolate, chopped
  • 8 White Chocolate LINDOR truffles (plus extra in case of breakage), sliced in half with a very sharp knife
  • 8 Milk Chocolate LINDOR truffles (plus extra in case of breakage), sliced in half with a very sharp knife


  • Preheat oven to 350 deg F (175 deg C).
  • In a medium bowl, whisk flour with sugar and salt. Grate in cold butter. Mix together with your fingertips until well blended. Add egg. Mix until dough comes together, then gather into a ball and slice in half. Form into two balls and reserve one for a future tart (it freezes well). Wrap remaining ball in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • Prepare the ganache by heating cream in a saucepan on medium heat until hot. Turn off heat and stir in chocolate, blending until smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Roll out chilled pastry on a lightly floured surface into a long rectangle to fit a fluted 14x4-inch (35x10-cm) tart tin, making sure you have enough pastry to cover the sides. The dough is very buttery and can be difficult to transfer so you may prefer to evenly press it into the tart tin.
  • Place tart tin on a baking sheet. Line pastry with a piece of parchment paper. Add pie weights or dried beans or rice and pre-bake in oven for 20 minutes. Remove parchment paper and pie weights and continue baking for another 12 to 14 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool for 10 minutes before adding filling.
  • Fill pastry with chocolate ganache (warm ganache up slightly if it has cooled too much) and top with LINDOR Truffle halves, alternating between white and dark. Chill in the fridge for a half hour before drizzling leftover ganache on top.
  • Pairs well with: Vintage Port